LAGOS – Some gynecologists in Lagos on Sunday advised couples who had been married for more than six months to one year without conception to seek help from fertility experts.
IVF is the fertilisation of an ovum by mixing it with sperm in a laboratory after which the fertilised egg is implanted in the uterus to continue normal development.
Okewale said that advanced fertility treatment such as IVF had been helpful to more patients to overcome their infertility problems.
He, however, linked ignorance and religious beliefs as factors affecting many couples’ approach to infertility problems.
“There is a real danger that infertility could become an epidemic problem in our society due to a combination of many socioeconomic, environmental and life style issues afflicting our society.
“Until our governments see infertility as a social problem and subsidise its cost, many treatable infertility problems will remain with us, hence contributing to the rise of infertility and its attendant social problems,” he said.
“IVF is also called assisted reproduction,’’ he said, adding that: “It can be regarded as a natural process of conception done outside the human body’’.
Ogunmokun identified the major challenges of the IVF process as lack of interest by patients to accept the procedure or believe in the process.
Ogunmokun said that there was usually a 30 per cent success rate of IVF. (NAN